Each week, we search the boxscores and use our own proprietary roto weighting system to pick one hitter and one pitcher who had the best week at each minor league level.
Here are Baseball Farm’s Prospects of the Week for the ninth week of the season, May 28 thru June 3, 2018.
Read More Prospects of the Week: May 28 thru June 3
Chicago White Sox catching prospect Seby Zavala (wrist) returned from the DL Wednesday for the AA Birmingham Barons. Zavala went 3-for-5 while batting cleanup and starting behind the dish for the Barons. Zavala was recently mentioned by White Sox GM Rick Hahn as a potential call-up for help behind the plate at the major league level. He’s posted a .388 wOBA and 141 wRC+ at AA in 2018, and has also been excellent defensively, especially receiving and calling games. Grab him if he is still available in deeper dynasty formats.
Read More RETURN: Seby Zavala Returns From DL
Seattle Mariners prospect Eric Filia returned to action following a 50-game suspension for using a controlled substance. Filia, 25, went 2-for-4 in Wednesday’s game for the AA Arkansas Naturals, hitting a home run and driving in 2 runs. Filia made the Arizona Fall League’s Top Prospects Team and lead the AFL in batting average in the fall of 2017. He is a good dynasty leaguer to grab now that he’s back in action.
Read More RETURN: Eric Filia Back From Suspension
Chicago White Sox starting pitching prospect Kade McClure is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery in Chicago on Wednesday. McClure, the White Sox 7th round pick in 2016 out of the University of Louisville, was having an excellent 2018 campaign. He posted a 3-1 record in 8 starts for A-Full Season Kannapolis, with a 3.02 ERA and 42:14 K:BB ratio. Losing up to a year of work will be a significant setback for McClure.
Read More INJURY: Kade McClure Out For Season
New York Yankees pitching prospect Domingo Acevedo was back on the mound on Monday for the Double-A Trenton Thunder, working three innings. Acevedo had been sidelined since April 11 with a blister on his right index finger. According to reports, Acevedo’s fastball sat mid-to-upper 90s on Monday. He struck out three batters while facing the minimum 9 in 3 innings. There’s still no exact timeframe for Acevedo to return to Trenton’s starting rotation, but look for him to hit the ground running when he’s back in action.
Read More RETURN: Domingo Acevedo Back On Mound For Trenton
Chicago Cubs top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay left Tuesday’s start for the AAA Iowa Cubs with a back muscle strain, according to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register. Alzolay had thrown four perfect innings prior to being lifted with the injury. A DL stint is possible. Alzolay, 23, has been unspectacular through 8 starts this season, posting a 2-4 record and 4.75 FIP.
Read More INJURY: Adbert Alzolay Leaves Game With Injury
Cleveland Indians starting pitching prospect Shane Bieber threw a 7-inning no-hitter for the Columbus Clippers on Friday against the Gwinnett Stipers. Bieber struck out seven and, of course, walked no batters. Bieber has only walked 15 batters in 262.2 career minor league innings. His 2018 ERA at all levels is now down to 1.10. He’s definitely the next candidate to be called-up the next time the Indians need a starting pitcher.
Read More NO HITTER: Shane Beiber (Indians) Throws No-No Friday
Tampa Bay Rays two-way prospect Brendan McKay looked sharp again Thursday, working six scoreless innings, scattering 3 hits and striking out 5. McKay, 22, has adapted to A-Advanced ball just fine this season. The Rays have said they are committed to letting him work as a two-way player as long as it works for him. It’s working. 2018 FIP by level: A-Full (1.18) A-Advanced (1.42). 2018 wRC+ by level: A-Full (148) A-Advanced (40).
Read More RECAP: Brendan McKay (Rays) Works Six Scoreless Innings
Chicago White Sox starting pitching prospect Dylan Cease was dominant in his start on Thursday, striking out nine batters over a career-high 7 1/3 innings of work for the A-Advanced Winston-Salem Dash. Cease, 22, hit 99 mph on a fastball which was his 102nd pitch of the night. Cease is pushing for a promotion up to AA Birmingham, as his ERA is now down to 2.83 on the season. Don’t look for him to make his MLB debut this season, but Cease is another pitching prospect in an increasingly deep White Sox system full of young arms.
Read More RECAP: Dylan Cease (White Sox) Dominant Thursday
Yesterday our in-house scout, IJR, got his first look at a couple of baseball’s hottest pitching prospects: Alex Reyes (Cardinals) and Dennis Santana (Dodgers). The game was in the AAA Pacific Coast League, as the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) faced off against the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Dodgers). Here are IJR’s notes from the game:
Read More IJR’s Scouting Reports (5/24): Alex Reyes (STL) and Dennis Santana (LAD)